Should I Email a Recruiter Who Missed an Interview With Me? – Job Search Radio

recruiterWell, should you or is there another way?


The question for today is should I email a recruiter if they missed the call with me? Let me turn the question around. If you missed the call with them, do you think they would’ve called you?

Hell yeah!

They would’ve called you and they would’ve put you on the defensive.

You can’t do that. A corporate recruiter, clearly, can do that. They can ask, “Where were you?” They can reject you altogether.

With both a corporate recruiter and an agency recruiter, you have to take it on the chin a little bit and say something to the effect of, “Jenny, my name is___. We were scheduled to speak at 2:30 PM.”

To me, I would give them 10 minutes and call them. I wouldn’t delay major lengths of time.

Why? Number one is, if it is only a few minutes, they might still be able to do the interview and be incredibly apologetic. They may feel inhibited if they get an email from you.

Your job is to get the interview and deliver on it. It’s not to be in power or in command or put the other person on the defensive unnecessarily.

At the end of the day what you want to be accomplishing is really very simple. You want the in person interview.

If this were to happen to you in person (you are sitting in the reception area of their office and kept waiting for a while), I would go to the receptionist and say, “I have 2:30 appointment with so-and-so. Are they running late? Is that what’s going on?”

I do that doctors offices when I walk in. I have an 11 o’clock appointment, walked in and asked if they were running late.

“No, she should be with you in just a minute.” They were. I felt good.

The some doctors where I note to call them before leaving for their offices to ask if they’re running late because I know I can be sick and waiting for long periods of time in the reception area. I don’t have time for that. I would call and say, “I have an 11 o’clock. It’s 10:15 AM. Are they running late?”

“Yes, they are running about an hour late.”

“Okay, I’ll be there at 11:45 AM. Just get me in by noon. After all, they were ready Be waiting for an hour on my schedule.”

“Oh, no. We can’t do that.” They’re not my doctor anymore. They have no respect for my time.

With you, as the job hunter, you want the interview. You want them to feel like they owe you something, but not a lot. You want to feel a certain degree of obligation.

Calling about 10 minutes after the interview was scheduled to start (if you prefer, 15 minutes), still gives you a chance to have the interview and then, from there, move on to the next step.


Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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